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12:10 AM ET, May 15, 2007

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Associated Press:
Military puts MySpace, other sites off limits … DENVER, Colorado (AP) — Soldiers serving overseas will lose some of their online links to friends and loved ones back home under a Department of Defense policy that a high-ranking Army official said would take effect Monday.
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Business Wire:
Forrester: No Future For Paid Video Downloads  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The paid video download market is a dead end, according to a new report by Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR).  Forrester estimates that paid video downloads will peak in 2007, generating $279 million in revenue, up from $98 million last year.
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
iTunes-like video services have no future: study  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online video sites that sell shows and movies such as Apple Inc.'s iTunes will likely peak this year as more programming is made available on free outlets supported by advertising, according to a study released on Monday.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Censorship Issues Continue for Digg  —  It's been almost two weeks since the latest Digg fiacso.  Quick review: stories with HD-DVD encryption codes being censored, Diggers strike back by creating, posting and digging new stories with the codes, Digg's Kevin Rose conceded.
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The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T iPhone not to be pre-sold  —  If you have not been able to get your iPhone fix as of lately, this might help hold you over.  According to an internal document from AT&T, the Apple iPhone has "advanced software 5 years ahead of any phone".  But you already knew that.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gearlog and CrunchGear
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Kent German / CNET News.com:   No presales for the iPhone  —  The Boy Genius got his hands …
Michael Totty / Wall Street Journal:
How to Be a Star in a YouTube World  —  What it takes to stand out when anyone can be an entertainer  —  There are millions of people trying to get noticed on the Web, with everything from blogs to podcasts to videos.  So with the huge glut of material out there, how do amateurs get attention …
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
A (FORMER) YOUTUBE STAR'S RANT: WE'LL GO IT ALONE, THANKS
Discussion: CinemaTech
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft delves further into manufacturing with Zune plant  —  Software giant hopes new factory, designs will help player compete with iPod … SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Microsoft Corp., a colossus built on software, is making a new push in hardware manufacturing by building a factory in China to produce its Zune media player.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Microsoft building a Zune factory
Discussion: TechSpot News
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
The iPhone's on eBay already  —  Apple won't say exactly when the iPhone will arrive, and you won't find it in any of AT&T's wireless stores, but eBay sellers are taking orders.  —  Apple's 8GB iPhone is available from several eBay sellers who promise to ship the coveted phone within 30 days …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhones on eBay for $1,000 to $10,000
Digital Photography Review:
Amazon.com acquires dpreview.com  —  We're proud and excited to announce that Dpreview has been acquired by the worlds leading online retailer, Amazon.com.  Started as hobby site in 1998, dpreview.com has grown to be the number one destination for anyone interested in digital cameras and digital photography.
Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal:
Text of Murdoch Letter to Bancrofts  —  Below is the text of a letter sent by News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch to members of the Bancroft Family, concerning his $5 billion offer for Dow Jones & Co.  —  Ladies and Gentlemen:  —  Please allow me the opportunity with this letter to address …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why does Google retain data?  Because nonexistent laws tell it to  —  Google wants to know what you search for, and plenty of people have wondered why.  The company's global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, recently posted an explanation to this question of Google's official blog …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Angus Kidman / ITWire:
Facing the full horror of Windows Vista  —  So far, Transit has been using Vista Business full-time for a fortnight.  And so far, we've found nothing that works better than in Windows XP, dozens of things that are annoyingly different without being a functional improvement …
Discussion: The Mac Observer and MacDailyNews
Eddie Hargreaves / The Apple Blog:
10 Biggest Apple Rumors (that never came true)  —  With Apple rumors getting spread further around than ever (and regular coverage from national news media), it's important to remember that many (most?) tend to be either completely untrue or so premature they never come true.
Josh Bernoff / Groundswell:
Test-driving Telepresence  —  Charlene and I had a chance to test out Telepresence last week.  Telepresence is a new product from Cisco — essentially a new form of videoconferencing that's designed to be as realistic as possible.  I sat in a specially designed room on Boxborough …
Los Angeles Times:
In consoles, the game isn't going Sony's way  —  Vaunted PlayStation 3 is crucial for the firm, but it faces an uphill climb.  —  Joel Downs is the type of video game buff that Sony Corp. expected to fall for the PlayStation 3.  The 32-year-old Culver City entrepreneur is tech savvy …
Discussion: TechSpot News, Joystiq and CrunchGear
 
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Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
U.S. piracy crackdown nets 50th conviction
Discussion: Neowin.net
Grant Gross / PC World:
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Discussion: Techdirt
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Aero and battery life
Discussion: Neowin.net, BetaNews and TechBlog
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Instant messaging: feature or product?
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
The Fake Steve Jobs is....
Discussion: Business Week
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Orgoo - The Web Email/IM Replacement
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechFold
San Jose Mercury / San Jose Mercury News Video:
Our debut show and a visit to Yahoo's Brickhouse
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google v. Yahoo: Who Cares The Most About The Environment?
BBC:
Finding myself through online identities
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Understanding Apollo  —  During my recent visit to the US …